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Community Development

Reidsville City Hall

230 W. Morehead Street

Reidsville, NC 27320

(336) 349-1065                                                                                                           

(336) 347-2355 (fax)

Hours: 8:30 am-5 pm

Located on the second floor of Reidsville City Hall, the Department of Community Development is headed by Haywood Cloud, Assistant City Manager of Community Services. The mission of the Community Development Department is to promote and assist development in Reidsville that is consistent with the goals and objectives of the City's comprehensive plan. The department works with citizens and developers to ensure that growth occurs in a manner that enhances the quality of life for the present and future citizens of Reidsville.

The department is divided into three divisions. 

  1. Planning & Zoning,

  2. Code Enforcement

  3. GIS (Geographical Information System)


Permit applications are accepted online thru the following link:


Use this service to apply for permits, schedule inspections, retrieve inspection results and to pay permit and re-inspection fees.

Permit Application types available include:

  • Building Permit Application

  • Plumbing Permit Application

  • Electrical Permit Application

  • Mechanical Permit Application

Planning & Zoning


Are you planning on starting a new business, building a new structure or dwelling, developing a subdivision in Reidsville?  

Do you want to know the zoning of a particular parcel of property?  The Planning & Zoning Division is the place to start.

The Planning & Zoning Division is dedicated to providing sound, professional land use guidance as well as high level technical and customer service.  The Division encourages quality growth and development throughout the City.  The staff is responsible for administering the City's Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations, Watershed Ordinances, Flood Plain Ordinance, Historic District Guidelines and other land use regulations. 

In addition, the Division staff provides support to the Planning Board/Board of Adjustment, the City's Appearance Commission, and the Historic Preservation Commission which oversees the historic Governor Reid House.   The Division is led by the Planning & Community Development Manager and also includes the Planner I.  

For your convenience, a variety of Planning & Zoning applications and documents may be found in the Document Center or listed below.  


Site Plan Requirements Check List

Zoning Ordinance - The Zoning Ordinance is currently being updated. Please contact Community Development staff at (336) 349-1065 with questions.



Rezoning Application

Sign Permit Application

Special Use Permit Application

Variance Application

Zoning Compliance Permit Application

Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment Application



Stormwater and Watersheds

Zoning Ordinance

The City of Reidsville's Zoning Ordinance is designed to encourage the protection and development of the various physical elements of the City and its Extraterritorial Planning Jurisdiction (ETJ).   The City has prepared a comprehensive plan of land use and population density to promote public health, safety, community accepted standards of morals and general welfare.  This has been done to promote orderly growth, expansion and development of the City and surrounding areas, to lessen congestion in the roads and streets, to provide adequate light and air, to secure the safety of the public from fire, panic and other dangers, to prevent the overcrowding of land and to facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, sewerage, school, parks and other public requirements.

This Zoning Ordinance is updated as time allows, to verify all amendments have been inserted, contact the Community Development Department at (336) 349-1065. Currently the Zoning Ordinance is being updated due to recent legislation. The Zoning Ordinance will be available in our Document Center in the near future.

Stormwater & Watersheds


What is Stormwater Runoff?

A watershed is an area of land where the stormwater drains into a common body of water, such as a stream or lake. Everyone lives in a watershed. Over half of Reidsville is in the Haw River Basin. The Haw River begins north of Kernersville and flows through the Piedmont Triad into Lake Reidsville and eventually into Jordan Lake. Jordan Lake is one of the State's largest tourist attractions that also serves as a municipal drinking water source for Cary, Pittsboro and other municipalities in central North Carolina. Roads, parking lots, sidewalks, and rooftops are all made of impervious surfaces. These surfaces do not allow rainwater to soak into the ground where it is naturally filtered and deposited into our groundwater. This causes flooding and nonpoint source pollution or stormwater runoff.  Nonpoint source pollution is caused when rainwater washes over the surface, collecting fertilizer and pesticides, motor oil, dog waste and other pollutants.  Nonpoint source pollution is difficult to address because it doesn't just come from one place which requires all jurisdictions in the Jordan Lake Watershed to be responsible for cleaning up the Jordan Lake.  As of 2009, the legislation known as the "Jordan Lake Rules" requires all communities in the Haw River Basin to reduce nutrient inputs to Jordan Lake. 


By August, 2012, the City of Reidsville is mandated by the Jordan Lake Rules to implement stormwater regulations pertaining to new development in the Jordan Lake Watershed.  As a result, the City will be adopting the Stormwater Program and Ordinance for New Development in the Jordan Lake Watershed.


Additionally, Lake Reidsville serves as the drinking water source for Reidsville and is in the Troublesome Creek Watershed.  The City implements the Water Supply Watershed Protection Ordinance for properties which are also within the Troublesome Creek Watershed.

For more information on the Stormwater and Watershed Ordinances pertaining to Reidsville, please contact the Community Development Department.  

The City of Reidsville has partnered with Stormwater SMART to do public education and outreach.  Please visit their site by selecting on this link.  


Jordan Lake Rules, please visit

Water Quality Projects in our area, please visit



The City of Reidsville's Geographic Information System (GIS) can best be described as an information investment for the community. GIS is a computerized system for developing, storing, managing and analyzing spatially related data. So what does that mean? It means information is tied to a specific location, such as your home address or an "x,y" coordinate like a fire hydrant.

How can GIS help you? GIS can be used for a variety of applications from municipal mapping to determining the fastest way to route a vehicle from one location to another. In other words, it can help fire and police emergency vehicles get to you more quickly if you're having a heart attack or someone is breaking into your home.

But GIS can be used in non-emergency situations as well. You can find out details about a vacant parcel of land, including who the owner is, the zoning of the property, whether water and sewer is available to the site and whether the property is in a watershed, floodplain or historic district. All of this information is in different "layers" which can be turned on or off depending on what you want to view.

The GIS program has become a very important tool that is used by virtually every department of the City. It allows staff to get information on various areas to citizens and developers in minutes instead of hours. It helps the City fine tune services such as trash pickup and rental inspection programs. It allows staff to provide faster response to complaints such as overgrown yards, stormwater problems and condemnable houses.

The City of Reidsville uses GIS software by ESRI, Inc. The layers (shapefiles) listed may be viewed by downloading free ArcExplorer software available through the ESRI homepage. The layers also may be viewed by using ESRI's ArcGIS software.

The GIS Division is managed by the Community Development Manager. You can contact the GIS Division of the Community Development Department at (336) 349-1065 to acquire GIS data layers (shapefiles). Rockingham County Tax Parcel data can be accessed from the Rockingham County website:


Engineering Standards and Specifications

The following documents can be found in our Document Center by click on the Engineering Category. 

Standard Water Details

  • Detail 101(1 of 3) House Service Connection And Hydrant-Sectional View

  • Detail 101 (3 of 3) House Service Connection Setting Detail-Plan View

  • Detail 102 Water Valve Box & Extension

  • Detail 106 Concrete Thrust Blocks For Horizontal Water Pipe Bends

  • Detail 107 (1 of 2) Pavement Repair For Pipe/Utility Placed Under Existing Pavement

  • Detail 107 (2 of 2) Pavement Repair For Pipe/Utility Placed Under Existing Asphalt Driveways

  • Detail 108 (1 of 2) Water Line Blow-Off-Plan View

  • Detail 108 (2 of 2) Water Line Blow-Off-Sectional View

  • Detail 110 Vertical Bend Anchors

  • Detail 111 Vertical Bend Offset  Anchors

  • Detail 116 Air Relief Valve With Assembly In Manhole

  • Detail 117 Anti-Seep Pipe Collar

  • Detail 118 Deadman Thrust Restraint With Mass Weight Blocking

  • Detail 119 (1 of 2) Blow Off For 4', 6' & 8' Pipe Lengths With Retaining Gland

  • Detail 119 (2 of 2) Blow Off For 4', 6' & 8' Pipe Lengths With Vertical Offset 

  • Detail 106 A Water Systems 6" And Larger Dead End Thrust Blocking

  • Detail 120 Water Systems Vaults


Standard Sewer Details

  • Detail 101 Sewer Service House Connection

  • Detail 200 (1 of 2) 4' ID & 5' ID Eccentric Precast Manhole With Expanded Base

  • Detail 200 (2 of 2) 4' ID & 5' ID Eccentric Precast Bottomless Manhole Over Existing Sewer

  • Detail 202 Exterior Drop Sanitary Sewer Connection Manhole

  • Detail 203 Interior Drop Sanitary Sewer Connection For Existing Manhole

  • Detail 205A Manhole Ring & Cover

  • Detail 205B Watertight Manhole Ring & Cover

  • Detail 206 Manhole Step For Precast Concrete Manhole

  • Detail 207 Trench Beddings For Circular Pipe

  • Detail 208 Bedding For Concrete Pipe

  • Detail 209 6' ID Eccentric Precast Manhole With Monolithic Bottom

  • Detail 210 Concrete Pipe Plug

  • Detail 211 Air Relief Valve With Assembly In Manhole

  • Detail 212 Eccentric Precast Vented Manhole With Expanded Base

  • Detail 219 Anti-Seep Pipe Collar

  • Detail 220 Aerial Crossing Concrete Pipe Pier

  • Detail 224 Load Bearing Sewer Cleanout Assembly

  • Detail 225 Aerial Pipeline Trespass Guard

  • Multi-Building Sanitary Sewer Arrangements

  • City Standard Water and Sewer Specifications

Standard Erosion Control Details

  • Detail 213 (1 of 2) Temporary Creek Crossing

  • Detail 213 (2 of 2) Temporary Creek Crossing

  • Detail 214 Permanent Creek Stabilization With Creek Crossing

  • Detail 215 Temporary Stone Check Dam

  • Detail 216 (1 of 3) Temporary Silt Fence

  • Detail 216 (2 of 3) Temporary Slit Fence Non-Erosive Outlet with Stone

  • Detail 216 (3 of 3) Temporary Silt Fence Non-Erosive Outlet With Terra Tubes

  • Detail 217 Temporary Construction Entrance

  • Detail 218 Temporary Earth Berm

  • Detail 221A Rock Pipe Inlet Protection

  • Detail 221B (1 of 2) Wattle Pipe Inlet Protection

  • Detail 221B (2 of 2) Wattle Pipe Inlet Protection Maintenance

  • Detail 222 Water Bar Diversion

  • Detail 223  (1 of 2) Wattle with Polyacrylamide

  • Detail 223 (2 of 2) Wattle with Polyacrylamide Installation


Land Development Storm Drainage

  • Section IV Land Development Specification Storm Drainage